Real Recycling for Massachusetts is a coalition of concerned citizens, businesses, and community organizations actively supporting comprehensive recycling programs that will improve recycling rates across the board.
We oppose additional taxes on grocery items in the form of an expansion to the Massachusetts Bottle Bill. Forcing families to pay even more at the store with no real impact on our environment just doesn't make economic or environmental sense.
Simply put, expanding the bottle bill to include juices, teas, sports drinks, and bottled water would create a huge expense and hassle for Massachusetts businesses and consumers alike. What's worse it won't reduce litter, landfill waste, or impact the environment in any meaningful way.
Massachusetts doesn't need another tax that will drive up the cost of water, juices, sports drinks, iced tea and other beverages. Expanding the bottle bill reaches right into the pockets of hardworking Massachusetts families that are already struggling with the high cost of living.
Bottle bill expansion is a thinly veiled money grab that won't do anything to improve recycling rates. That's why lawmakers - year after year - have dismissed legislation to expand the bottle bill. They see the truth, and so do Massachusetts voters.
If we want to get serious about recycling, we have to take on more effective and less burdensome measures, including expanding curbside pickup, making it easier to recycle on-the-go, making recycling accessible in more public places such as parks and arenas, and supporting comprehensive litter prevention programs.
Real Recycling for Massachusetts is a coalition of concerned citizens, businesses, and organizations, including the Massachusetts Food Association, Massachusetts Beverage Association, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Poland Spring Bottling Company, Polar Beverages, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, Kappy's Liquors, Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc., Massachusetts Package Stores Association, the New England Convenience Store Association, National Federation of Independent Business, the International Bottled Water Association, and unions including Local 513 RWDSU/UFCW - representing drivers and plant workers - and Local 1271 IAW/AW - representing beverage container machinists.
Other members of the coalition include A.L. Bernier's Store, Busa Bros Liquors, Inc., E.L. Harvey & Sons, J. Polep Distribution Services, MCMA Spirits Inc. and the East Boston Malt Company. For more information and to help prevent this costly and ineffective bottle bill measure, please visit RealRecyclingMass.com.
GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - Massachusetts lawmakers have decided not to expand bottle and can deposits.
The now-failed Updated Bottle Bill would have applied the states 5 cent bottle deposit law to non-carbonated drinks.
Right now the Massachusetts Bottle Law only allows you to recycle bottles and cans that hold carbonated liquids.
The proposed Updated Bottle Bill would have added a nickel deposit to containers containing non-carbonated liquids such as water or sports drinks. Similar bills have gone through legislature in the past several years, but each time it was excluded from the state budget.
The Senate had voted for the Updated Bottle Bill in their budget plan, but it was excluded in the House plan. When the conference committee met behind closed doors, the Updated Bottle Bill was no longer in the budget.
Bottle Redemption Centers like Mike Ruggeri's get a handling fee for each bottle of 2 and a quarter cents, but that fee hasn't changed in years.
"It's been 19 years since they've increased the handling fee for redemption centers while in Vermont they got up to almost 3.75 and in Maine 3.95 but the Massachusetts Legislature is the one who grants that and they have just been battled by distributors."
But residents 22News spoke with today that normally bring their bottles to the recycling center are wondering why they can't bring the others.
"You should be able to return anything. They want us to recycle more. We should be able to get five cents back for any kind of bottle-plastic, can, or whatever, said John Redeker, of Shelburne.
Daniel Barry, of Greenfield told 22News, "I hope it changes, I hope someone, and one of the politicians has enough moxy to get something done to get it passed through."
Environmental groups say that change is due for recycling reform and will continue to be involved.
Boston's CBS affiliate WBZ-TV reports on citizen sentiment on bottle recycling versus the Massachusetts Bottle Bill.